Ottawa Remembrance Day events & what’s open and closed

Ottawa Remembrance Day events and interruptions

Most Ottawa stores will not open until 12:30 pm in accordance with the City bylaw

The National Remembrance Day Ceremony will take place at the National War Memorial on Thursday, November 11 and will be modified in accordance with local health guidelines. If you plan on attending, here are some tips to be COVID-Wise ( at the ceremony. The Royal Canadian Legion will broadcast the ceremony live from their Facebook page . Reach out to your local legion for more information events planned in your community.

The City of Ottawa’s flags at all facilities will be raised to full-mast at sunset on Sunday, November 7, 2021 after being lowered to half-mast on June 24th following the announcement of the hundreds of unmarked graves found near the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.

The flags at all City facilities will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Monday, November 8 to recognize Indigenous Veterans Day and on Thursday, November 11 to commemorate Remembrance Day and honour all Canadians, past and present, who have served their country in time of war.

Below is a list of City services, noting any impacts to schedules on Remembrance Day.

Client Service Centres

  • The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters only. Please visit for more information.
  • The Client Services Centres at Ottawa City Hall, Ben Franklin Place, 580 Terry Fox Drive and 255 Centrum Boulevard and the City’s Provincial Offences Court at 100 Constellation Drive will be closed.

Green bin, recycling and garbage collection


  • All City parking regulations and restrictions apply.
  • Veterans who wear their medals or uniforms or who have a veteran’s license plate on their vehicle can park for free at City Hall on Thursday, November 11 between 7:30 am and 1 pm.

OC Transpo

  • Veterans who wear their medals or uniforms during National Veterans’ Week, from Friday, November 5 to Thursday, November 11, can ride OC Transpo, Para Transpo and Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) buses and paratransit service for no charge. Companions accompanying veterans also ride at no charge.
  • Service will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Thursday, November 11.
  • OC Transpo and Para Transpo buses will pull over to the side of the road at 11 am on Remembrance Day to observe two minutes of silence, if it is safe to do so.
  • The OC Transpo Customer Service Centre at the Rideau Centre will be open from 12:30 pm until 7 pm. Plan ahead: call 613-560-5000 to book an appointment.
    • All other OC Transpo Customer Service Centres currently remain closed.
  • Para Transpo operations:
    • Para Transpo will operate on a regular service. Regularly scheduled trips are not cancelled. Customers who do not need their scheduled trip on Thursday, November 11 should call 613-560-5000 or cancel their booking online (link is external).
    • Customers may start booking trips one week before by calling 613-560-5000 or by booking online (link is external) beginning Thursday, November 4.
    • The reservations line will be open from 7 am until 5 pm.
    • The trip cancellation line will be open from 6 am until 12:30 am.
  • The Taxi Coupons line for Para Transpo customers (613-842-3670) will be closed.
  • Société de transport de l’Outaouais (link is external) (STO) will operate a reduced weekday service on Thursday, November 11. You can plan STO trips using Plani-Bus (link is external).
  • For more information on Remembrance Day service, visit (link is external) or call 613-560-5000.

Recreation and cultural services

  • Recreation programs, drop-in and sport activities will operate on regular schedules. This includes public swimming, swimming lessons, public skating, weight and cardio rooms and fitness classes.
  • Museums and theatres will be closed.

Ottawa Public Health

Community and Social Services

  • The Tom Brown respite centre, at 141 Bayview Station Road, and the Bernard Grandmaître respite centre, at 309 McArthur Avenue, will be closed. The centres will reopen on Friday, November 12 during regular operating hours.

Municipal child-care services

Library Services

Retail businesses

  • In recognition of Remembrance Day and in accordance with the City’s Remembrance Day By-law , most retail businesses cannot open until 12:30 pm.

You can also find a list of City services and facilities effected by COVID-19 on and .

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